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“Committed to promoting authentic and traditional Latin dances..."

Lee P. Brown, Mayor of Houston, 2003

Founded by Panamanian-Jamaican artist Raul Orlando Edwards, Strictly Street Salsa is Houston’s 1st official salsa dance studio and will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in January 2023; with easy to follow and fun classes and programs, becoming synonymous with its name. In addition to salsa, it is also the first studio to include Afro Latin movement as an integral part of the curriculum, which was the foundation for establishing the Afro Latin Fest in 2014. Too, it has the city’s longest running Rueda de Casino program. As the name would imply, ‘Strictly Street Salsa’ is committed to teaching participants how to dance the way Latin people dance in Latin countries: sensuously, smoothly, and with soul - ‘Sabor’! Recipient of several honors and commendations, that include a partnership with the City of Houston for over 15 years, Strictly Street Salsa has been engaged in over 100 community initiatives; too, it has been featured in the media over 50 times combined both locally and nationally in television, radio, social media and print. Strictly Street Salsa presents one of the city’s largest live salsa music, dance and health shows, Salsa y Salud at the prestigious Miller Outdoor Theatre. Collectively, its faculty brings training, performing and teaching experience at organizations and artists such: Ruben Blades, Grupo Niche, Tropicana de Cuba, Tony Succar, Kevin Ceballo, Jorge Luis Chacin, Houston Ballet, Society for the Performing Arts, Houston Grand Opera, Carnegie Hall, Institute of Hispanic Culture, Latino Cultural Center (Dallas), Ensemble Theater, Latin American Cultural Week (New York), San Francisco Rueda Festival, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, University of Houston, Wortham Theatre, Jones Hall, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas A&M University, Cynthia Woods Pavilion, and over 30 venues and events. Strictly Street Salsa looks forward to keep bringing an authentic Latin experience to Houstonians and beyond, for many years to come.

“Keeping the Latin culture and rhythm alive in Houston…”


Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, 2001

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